Thursday October 08, 2015

MIT Prof Spurs Students to Build Robotic Racecars

The students’ challenge: Build a self-driving mini-robot car that can zip around a tunnel maze track while navigating its twists and turns. To give the cars their autonomous abilities, students design and program algorithms using a Jetson TK1 embedded computer. Jetson TK1 helps the 1:10-scale cars deploy the open-source Robot Operating System, assess their environment and develop a language to help them race the fastest while careening around the course. The course was so popular, its creator, Sertac Karaman, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, is designing a bigger version for next year with Jetson at the core.